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Volume 47, Number 6
June
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Cover Story

Did Martin Die Needlessly?
Gracia Burnham believes her husband would be alive today if someone had paid the proper ransom—but mission agencies wonder how many other missionaries would have been kidnapped as a result

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Inside CT : Dogging the Story
Christian media can play a special role in cases like the kidnapping of the Burnhams
Quotation Marks
"Recent comments on praying in school, rebuilding Iraq, and playing paintball"
Youth in a Haze
Hazing is common in church youth groups
Go Figure
Two astronomers determine the time when Jesus died and rose
The Book on Tape (Not Tapes)
The new Talking Bible contains all of the New Testament on one cassette
Put Yourself in Jesus Shoes
"Within 48 hours, a supermarket chain pulls shoes with Jesus' image from the shelves"
Cross Purposes
Wearing the Christian symbol can be a problem in places like Saudi Arabia and Pennsylvania.
Jesus' Sins?
Paige Ripped
Quotation Marks
"Recent comments about war, abortion, and the separation of church and state"
Mystery Illnesses
"Under 1996 law, medical workers are prohibited from contacting churches about hospitalized members"
Go Figure
How evangelicals view Islam and their own happiness
New Leader at Focus
Dobson turns to an old friend to stabilize his organization
"Lutherans, Presbyterians Cut Budgets"
Staff positions and ministries trimmed in the face of a struggling economy
No Religion-Based Zoning
Illinois Vineyard church wins right to worship in its own building
Faith-Based Lite
Administration still seeks 'revolutionary' change
NAE Rights Its Ship
Outgoing president put the association back in the black
Time for Assertive Evangelicalism
The new president of the National Association of Evangelicals talks about the current state and future goals of the association and evangelicalism
'Boston Movement' Apologizes
Open letter prompts leaders of controversial church to promise reform
Fending off Hindutva
"Christians blast Nazi-like survey, 'draconian' conversion law"
Protestants Face Police Crackdown
"In four cities, security forces arrest 170 Protestant Christians"
Threatened Aid Groups Retreat
"In a 'new and disturbing twist,' rebel forces target international agencies"
SARS Comes to Church
"The deadly illness has changed Asia's church life, but the uncertainty is bringing people to Christ"
Peace Process Criticized
"Bush acknowledges country's military activity, but does not impose threatened sanctions"
Vanity Watch
We can do better than merely mirror the naïveté of our enemies
The Mother of All Liberties
Full religious freedom for Iraq is not negotiable
Harleys in Heaven
"What Christians have thought of the afterlife, & what difference it makes now"
Damping the Fuse in Iraq
A veteran peacemaker discusses how religion can help stave off religious conflict after Saddam
2003 Christianity Today Book Awards
Evangelical leaders in numerous disciplines choose the year's top titles
Rabbit Trails to God
John Updike has made a career of writing the most theological novels in America
No Strings Attached
Christians seek to balance relief work and evangelism in Iraq
Masters of Philosophy
How Biola University is making inroads in the larger philosophical world
Forced by Logic
It took philosophy and a friend to convince this atheist
Walk Humbly
Quotations to Stir Heart and Mind
Connecting Colson's Dots
Being the Body ties together Charles Colson's varied strands of advocacy
Survival Through Community
"An interview with Charles Colson, author of Being the Body"
Rites of Passage
Self-improvement is our culture's most durable religion
Breakthrough Dancing
A look at one of the most creative youth ministries in Hong Kong—if not the world
"Jazz, Jesus, and Liberation"
"In This Far By Faith, Juan Williams argues that the spiritual journey of African Americans is essential to understanding America"
A Taste for Blood and Grace
Saint Julian is a dark fictional account of depravity and redemption
A Bubbly Invitation
Mike Mason's Champagne for the Soul is an ode to joy
Hit by the SARS Tornado
Breakthrough reacted quickly when the disease hit Hong Kong
Songs from the Soul
Quotations to Stir Heart and Mind
Criminal Faith
"Going nuclear, North Korea allows worship only of its dictator"
Faith-based Bathing
What role does baptism play in faith and salvation?
Beyond Condoms
"To alleviate AIDS, we must sharpen our moral vision"
Roe vs. Judicial Sense
Forget briefly its immorality—it's just bad law
Christ via Judaism
Lauren Winner's spiritual journey is an invaluable—and, to some, unsettling—reminder of where we came from
Navigating Life Storms
Norman Wright's Helping Those Who Hurt guides readers in encouraging loved ones
Going It Alone
We should take heed when much of the world says it distrusts us.